Alcoa Announces Jet Engine First in $1.1 Billion Supply Agreement with Pratt & Whitney

July 14, 2014

Unveils World’s First Advanced Aluminum Alloy Fan Blade Forging for Pratt & Whitney’s Hybrid-Metallic Fan Blade for the PurePower® Engines

Leading aerospace manufacturer Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today announced a
10-year, $1.1 billion agreement with Pratt & Whitney, a division of
United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), for state-of-the-art jet engine
components. Under the deal signed at the Farnborough Air Show, Alcoa
will supply key parts for Pratt & Whitney’s engines, including the
forging for the first ever aluminum fan blade for jet engines. The
forging was developed for Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower®
engines using an advanced aluminum alloy and a proprietary manufacturing
process. Also for the PurePower engines, Alcoa is developing a fan blade
forging using its most advanced aluminum-lithium alloy.

“We’re going where no materials scientist has gone before,” said Alcoa
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Klaus Kleinfeld. “Combining
Alcoa’s proprietary alloys and unique manufacturing processes with Pratt
& Whitney’s design, we cracked the code on forging an aluminum fan blade
that is lighter and enables better fuel efficiency. Through this
exciting new 10-year deal, Alcoa will deliver not only aluminum fan
blade forgings but also a range of other advanced product forms, from
blades and vanes to structural castings, for some of Pratt and Whitney’s
best-selling engines.”

Under the $1.1 billion deal, Alcoa will supply components for Pratt &
Whitney’s PurePower PW1000G, V2500, GP7000 and several other regional
jet and military engines. The unique Geared Turbofan™ architecture of
the PurePower engine allows for aluminum alloys to be used in the Pratt
& Whitney designed fan blades, making the engine lighter, as well as
more fuel and cost efficient. The PurePower engine will be used to power
some of the world’s highest volume aircraft, including the
next-generation Airbus A320neo. The transaction includes United
Technologies Corporation “One Company” terms and conditions that provide
for a common contracting approach between UTC and Alcoa divisions,
thereby facilitating future collaboration.

“Through our novel engine design, and by working with industry leaders
such as Alcoa, we are able to provide our customers with double-digit
improvements in fuel efficiency, environmental emissions and noise. The
PurePower engine’s hybrid metallic fan blade represents a significant
advance in our engine design and allows us to meet engine performance
requirements while reducing weight and cost,” said Paul Adams,
president, Pratt & Whitney. “This agreement demonstrates the value of
our proven next-generation engines. As we prepare to ramp-up production
of these engines, we are actively seeking suppliers like Alcoa who can
deliver high-quality parts, while meeting cost targets.”

Pratt & Whitney’s advanced gear system allows the fan to rotate at a
slower speed and the hot section to operate at higher speeds, optimizing
the running conditions of both. The large, light-weight fan moves more
than 90 percent of the air around the core, delivering a very quiet
engine with very low fuel burn. The larger fan diameter also opened the
door to materials beyond titanium and composites.

“We worked in lock step with Pratt & Whitney during their development of
the engine, providing technical solutions that previously did not
exist,” said Eric Roegner, Chief Operating Officer, Alcoa Investment
Castings, Forgings, and Extrusions. “This breakthrough harnessed the
full capabilities of the Alcoa Advantage—the combination of our metallic
science expertise at the Alcoa Technical Center and our manufacturing
strength at our plants in Cleveland, Ohio and Lafayette, Indiana.”

Alcoa plans to use aluminum and aluminum-lithium from its Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania and Lafayette, Indiana facilities for the front fan blades,
which will be produced using proprietary manufacturing processes at its
Cleveland, Ohio plant. Several of Alcoa’s facilities including La Porte,
Indiana; Whitehall, Michigan; Dover, New Jersey; and Wichita Falls,
Texas will supply the blades, vanes and structural components, produced
using nickel-based superalloys, titanium as well as aluminum.

This supply agreement supports Alcoa’s strategy of profitably growing
its aerospace business, which had revenues totaling $4 billion in 2013.
The Company holds leading market positions in aerospace forgings,
extrusions, jet engine airfoils and fastening systems and is a leading
supplier of structural castings made of titanium, aluminum and
nickel-based superalloys, which are produced by its downstream business,
Engineered Products and Solutions (EPS). The Company also holds leading
market positions in aerospace sheet and plate produced by its midstream
business, Global Rolled Products (GRP).

About the PurePower Engine

With 20 years of research and development, component rig testing on all
major modules, extensive ground and flight testing of a full-scale
demonstrator engine complete and extensive ground and flight testing of
its first two engine series well underway, the PurePower PW1000G engine
with Geared Turbofan technology delivers game-changing reductions in:

  • Fuel burn
  • Environmental emissions
  • Engine noise
  • Operating costs

In the PurePower PW1000G engine family, a state-of-the-art gear system
separates the engine fan from the low pressure compressor and turbine,
allowing each of the modules to operate at their optimum speeds. This
enables both an increase in the diameter of the fan and the low pressure
compressor and turbine to operate at a high speed. The increased
efficiency also translates to fewer engine stages and parts for lower
weight and reduced maintenance costs.

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About Alcoa

A global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and
manufacturing, Alcoa innovates multi-material solutions that advance our
world. Our technologies enhance transportation, from automotive and
commercial transport to air and space travel, and improve industrial and
consumer electronics products. We enable smart buildings, sustainable
food and beverage packaging, high-performance defense vehicles across
air, land and sea, deeper oil and gas drilling and more efficient power
generation. We pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and
today, our 60,000 people in 30 countries deliver value-add products made
of titanium, nickel and aluminum, and produce best-in-class bauxite,
alumina and primary aluminum products. For more information, visit,
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About Pratt & Whitney

Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service
of aircraft engines, auxiliary and ground power units, and small
turbojet propulsion products. United Technologies Corp., based in
Hartford, Connecticut, provides high technology products and services to
the building and aerospace industries. To learn more about UTC,
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or follow the company on Twitter: @UTC.

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without limitation, statements regarding the improvement in performance
of jet engines achieved by Alcoa’s advanced aluminum alloys and
proprietary manufacturing process; and statements regarding Alcoa’s
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technologies, processes, or equipment, or advanced alloys or innovative
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factors; the possibility that certain assumptions with respect to
Alcoa’s process technologies or its ability to capture demand for next
generation aircraft engine parts could prove to be inaccurate; and the
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December 31, 2013 and other reports filed with the Securities and
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